Last week, Henry Rollins revealed to a Los Angeles crowd that he produced a never-released album by Charles Manson in the ‘80s.
The Black Flag frontman played one of the album’s acoustic-pop tracks for the audience on Dec. 9. “I can hear you all listening to your hair grow,” he told the crowd.
Rollins signed on to produce the imprisoned cult leader’s record (dubbed Completion) in the ‘80s after being contacted by Manson’s lawyer. The project was called off, however, after many of the people working on the album received death threats. Only five copies were pressed, and Rollins has two. It’s rumored that Manson has the other three.
The pair maintained a correspondence for a while. In 2008, Rollins told the NME, “He wrote me a letter out of the blue once and he said, ‘I saw you on MTV and I thought you were pretty cool.’ So we corresponded a few times in 1984. I’d just tell him about what we were doing with our new record and he’d send back semi-lucid responses. He made references to the Beach Boys stealing his ideas, which sounded like sour grapes.”
There are no plans to release Completion, but if you’re itching to hear some Manson tunes, you can listen to one of the tracks from his album Air here or buy a copy here.